Having a new baby will undoubtedly bring some significant changes in your life and your home…
As a dog owner, it’s crucial to prepare your pup for the arrival of your beautiful baby.
So you may be asking these questions…
“How to prepare a dog for a new baby?”
“Will my dog be okay with a new baby?”
“How can I desensitise my dog to a new baby?”
Well, these are all good questions that we will answer right now.
In this post, we’ll provide you with some helpful tips to ensure that dogs and newborn babies can live together happily and safely.
PLUS, you will also learn about:
- Basic dog obedience training
- How to condition your dog to changes
- Dog behaviour with a new baby
- The importance of socialisation
Let’s dive in!
Make Sure Your Dog Is Reliably Obedience-Trained
Learning how to teach your basic dog commands is essential for your baby’s safety and the sanity of your whole family.
If the dog is able to follow commands such as sit, stay, come when called, and lie down on cue…
Then it will be much easier to manage when there’s a baby.
Through dog obedience training, you’ll be less likely to worry about your dog possibly jumping on the baby.
Or getting underfoot while carrying your little one.
As you know, a well-behaved dog is simply more enjoyable to have around.
If your dog doesn’t know how to do basic obedience commands, now is the perfect time to start teaching him.
Conditioning Your Dog To Changes
The truth is, there will be a lot of changes happening in your home when the baby arrives.
There will be new sounds, smells, sights, and possibly even new furniture.
What you can do is to help your dog adjust to these changes by gradually introducing them before the baby arrives.
For example, if you’re using a baby swing, set it up a few weeks in advance and let them get used to it.
You can also start playing recordings of baby sounds, such as crying and laughing, a few weeks before the baby is due.
You can find these recordings online or on your phone.
First, you can play the sounds at a low volume, then gradually increase it over time.
We also have to emphasise that getting your dog used to seeing a pram or baby carrier around the house before the baby comes is vital.
Simply because most of their daily walks for the coming years will be with you pushing a pram…
So getting them used to this now will make the whole experience much more enjoyable for both baby and pup.
It will help your dog become more accustomed to having a baby in the house and make it less of a shock for them when the time comes.
After getting used to that, you can reward them for demonstrating calmness.
Dog Behaviour with A New Baby
Most dogs are innately gentle and loving creatures.
However, even the most well-behaved dog can have a hard time adjusting to a new baby in the house.
So let’s talk about dealing with some of the behavioural problems that might arise when you have a new baby in the house.
One issue can be jealousy.
Your dog shouldn’t feel left out when the baby arrives.
But you still need to constantly set boundaries.
Of course, your baby is the priority.
However, it doesn’t mean you should completely ignore your dog.
Make sure to find time each day to give your dog some attention, even if it’s just a quick game of fetch or a belly rub.
It’s also crucial to continue to feed your dog separately from the baby.
This will help him feel like he’s still a part of the family and not just an afterthought.
Another common issue is that dogs can sometimes be too rough with babies.
It is usually because they’re not used to how fragile and delicate babies are.
If you can teach your dog how to be gentle, he’ll be more likely to treat the baby gently as well.
Imagine how calmer and happier your home will be with a well-behaved dog!
Not to mention how much safer it will be for your baby.
The Importance Of Socialisation
When it comes to introducing your dog to your baby, you must take things slow.
You should never force your dog to meet the baby.
Instead, let him approach the baby on his own terms.
And when he does, make sure to give him plenty of praise and treats.
That way, he will help associate the baby with positive things.
The more exposure your dog has to different people and situations, the better.
That’s all we’ve got!
These are just a few of the helpful tips you need to know about preparing your dog for a new baby.
We hope you find these helpful in preparing your dog for the arrival of your precious little one.
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